Thursday, April 12, 2012

1940 Planters

I knew for 2012 I wanted to show the original life of many of my family items.
In other words, show a picture of the item then and now!
When I am looking at family items I find myself looking past the main purpose of the picture, and scanning the background.

The geranium's that sit on my front porch. Every year, pink geraniums.
 Look at the planter boxes.

When we cleaned out my Grandparents house years ago, my brother went under the house where they had a concrete pad crawl space. It came out with these and tons of McCoy pots.
A Thrifty Find!

I was in heaven! I had never seen these? Where did they come from?
Well, my Mom told about the Mothers Day that she and my Grandfather had these made for my Grandmothers front porch. It was during WWII.
They are falling apart because they have been on my porch for the past 17 years.
Mr. knows how much them mean to me. He screws them back together every year and takes them to his shop in the winter.

Now here is how they looked in 1944

You can see them on the left on the bannister's.
I wonder what Grandma had in them?
Geraniums maybe?
That is my Mom standing on the steps.
This is where they lived from about 1941-1966.
It is across from Eastern IL University and is a duplex. The other side was where the college librarian and owner lived.
The house is now owned by EIU and is known as the Booth House.
They are taking about moving the offices out of it.
I am scared that means a parking lot is coming.
I was only 6 when they moved but it holds many memories, of my first Christmas's that I remember, playing on the screened in porch, the pink tile bathroom and kitchen.
A few weeks after my Mom died, my cousin came to help me.
One day we decided to go run around the campus, she had gone to college there, as all of us did.
We ended up at Booth House...we went in. The staff was so nice to me as they let me tour, and they were full of questions about the house when it was a home.
Grandma's bedroom was so small now and the huge staircase was small too!

As I wonder its fate..........I know a piece of it sits on my front porch.


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

That is wonderful that you have that photo of the boxes. I love to have things in my home and garden that were my folks. So special.

Donna said...

What a great story, Ann! Pink geraniums are my favorite, I bet they were planted in your planters years ago, too:) And tons of McCoy pots? I would be in heaven, too!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have planters from my past like that. How wonderful for you. So happy for you.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

So interesting, Ann. I never knew this is where your Mom grew up! Next time, when I see this building, it will mean so much more to me!

NanaDiana said...

Ann-That is just a wonderful story. It's amazing how small things seem when we "go home" after growing up, isn't it? What a treasure that you have those old planters~they really make you feel connected to the past. Blessings- xo Diana

barncat said...

Just found your blog and I've been having so much fun going through your older posts! I'm in central Illinois, and it seems funny to be reading about things that sound so familiar. Not blogging much myself anymore, but I'm sure I'll be back here to visit. :)

Tete said...

That is just too cool! You must be a very good listener to remember all this stuff! I was the same way and glad I did, for they are all gone now and no one to ask what about this and what about that.
I hope they don't tear this building down.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, I love sweet stories like this. I also like how folks took pictures of themselves outside of their houses. Out of necessity before flash, of course. But I wish we saw more photos like that today. Pink geraniums are my favorite.

Gail said...

What beautiful memories you have Ann and how special to have planters from the past. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

Shirley said...

Hi Ann,
Those planters are beautiful. When we first built our house my hubby made some for our deck. We no longer have the deck and have given the planters away. Wish I still had them. You are so lucky to have so many beautiful things from your family's history! They look lovely with the flowers..

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Lovley Story and Lovley Plants :)
and do not miss......




it is FUN :)
HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

Olive Cooper said...

Cool, cool beans and planters Ann. You have an image of everything, which is lovely .

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Ann
Your planters are fabulous! Geraniums are one of my favourites for use in container planting. I am glad you have these Family memories to cherish.


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

It's fun going back, isn't it? I hope they don't tear it down for a parking lot. The planters are pretty.

Jo's This and That said...

The planters are beautiful! Thanks for sharing Joann

Carol said...

Love the old and the new pictures together. What a great idea!

Shelia said...

Oh, Ann, what treasures. What wonderful planters.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Ann,
What wonderful family memories! and that you hold a part of it in your heart...
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

You have a sweet, sweet hubby.

Claudia said...

What a wonderful story about the planters. They are precious indeed! I hope the fate of the house is a good one, for the sake of you and your family.


Diann said...

How awesome is this! I love having such wonderful things around me that remind me of cherished memories! Thank you for sharing with us at TTF and have a terrific day!

Richard Cottrell said...

Love the pink.Richard from My Historic House.

Pam said...

I guess it pays to go in the crawl space then. I love that your husband keeps them in good shape for you. Love the geraniums. Pink is my favorite color for them.

Diann said...

Hi, I'm back to let you know that I will be featuring this post in this week's TTF party! The post will be up today!